Wednesday, June 15, 2022

A Hike Amongst The Ponies!

I'm backtracking a couple of days to fit it all in!

The BEAST Quilters made their departure yesterday, and wonder of all wonders, they turned a 3 hour flight delay that moved them from a 7pm departure to a 10pm departure into a quilt shop hop day.

They left with a list of customer-favorited shops in hand and I'm sure they slept all the way to Utah, arriving in the very wee small hours this morning.

Sleep in, sleep late friends - you deserve it!

But that backtracking thing - this was Sunday!

And yes, the ponies were out and about.

This sweet mama - about to burst!

And yes, there were new babies -

Napping in the sun!

We must have stumbled into the nursery group.  Click to Play:

Being a weekend, there were plenty of people about. As it got more people-y we moved right on out of there.

Walking on wobbly legs!

Those little short swishing tails are so precious!

Lunch time!

This makes up for all of the times we missed them!

3 BEASTS on the Appalachian Trail!

The stallion watches over his harem.

This baby was so curious!

I was down on one knee, taking photos....

It got closer and closer until it was sniffing the hand holding my camera.  LOL!

The mountain laurel is still blooming up along the trail where mine at home are now sadly done.  this pink one is so gorgeous!

There have been an abundance of blossoms this year.

It was a fabulous day for a hike - putting our hiking miles for the week at 10.5.  No wonder my legs are a bit tired!

And there is more to come - the next day (Monday) 5 of us went to bike the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Oh, and there are over the porch rail photos to come.  We did so much!

I have this coming weekend as a scheduled weekend off.  I have things like the quarterly visit from the pest control happening and we need that to happen when no one is around for a couple of days.

Today it's laundry catch up day and put it all in order day.  

When the house was finally quiet and in between flipping loads from washer to dryer, I got a bit of time to sit at this.

They've only been cut out for a couple of weeks - but no time to sew!

Simple Sawtooth Stars.

It's just what I needed to get the ideas flowing once again.  I'm not completely sure where these will land, but I have some ideas.

I am using recycled shirt plaids and prints with a wide variety of neutrals.  Giving the stars a neutral center will allow me to include some fun prints, clear out a box of squares, and allow the quilt to have a lighter, brighter feeling than it would if I put a dark color in the centers.

Now that we are half-way through June - there are just a couple of weeks until I reveal the next Leader & Ender Challenge that will run from July 2022 to July 2023!  Are you excited?

I've loved seeing your Fish School finishes throughout the past year and look forward to seeing more.

This year I will give you a promise and advance notice - there will be NO TRIANGLES!

Of course yesterday this happened:

It was Solidarity PDF pattern booklet release day!

I heard form some of you that you couldn't get the full page to load - the embedded code for the gift-away that allows you to enter is hosted by another company and they were having some lagging issues but it should be fixed now.

Head on over to the Gift-Away post and enter to win!

I know it's working because there are over 2,100 entries in less than 24 hours.

I'll be hanging Solidarity in the front foyer at Quiltville Inn for all to enjoy through Labor Day.

And the Hearts of Hope quilt is included as a bonus!

Quilt Your Colors!

Fly your flag’s colors in a whirling, twirling array of favorite scrap fabrics.

The 26-page digital pattern booklet includes directions for both the 68 1/2'' X 68 1/2'' Solidarity quilt and the 58'' X 58'' Hearts of Hope variation.

Easy step-by-step instructions with many full-color photos and graphics to guide you through each step of the way. Block string piecing on paper foundations.

Optional but helpful: Bonnie K. Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool and either the Simple folded Corners ruler, or the Simple Folded Corners Mini.

Traditional rotary cutting methods are given for those who don't have access to these rulers.

And of course - the Solidarity pattern release wouldn't be complete without a Gift-Away!

I'll be drawing for TWO winners!  One will receive a Solidarity PDF pattern from me and a Facets of Red roll, and the second will receive the pattern and a Facets of Blue roll from  Cotton to Quilts!

If the winners are outside of the USA, we can send the fabric prize to a friend within the USA who can forward it on to you.

And yes, there is introductory pricing!

I've marked Solidarity at 25% off through 7/5/22 in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop.

And that's not all! Also on sale through 7/5/22:

It's time to quilt Red White & Blue!
Come on, you know you want to!

Courthouse Square and Unity are also perfect for Flag Season.  If you missed them the first go-round, they are also 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop, no coupon needed!

I love sewing red white & blue - it just shouts SUMMER MEMORIES to me, all the 4th of July family gatherings, parades, picnics.  Bring it on!

Okay - now that we made it through all of that - what do you have on deck for today?

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Making my own happiness today as I go do what I love best:
Putting the pieces together into something beautiful.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!



  1. Beautiful photos from the trail adventure!

  2. I am working on Unity now. I started it in 2020 when you released it. But when I got to the end of putting it all together, my rows did not match up. I have torn it all apart and am checking my seam allowance. I am also trimming up some blocks. Hope this works! Thank you for the wonderful patterns. I enjoy using up my scraps!

  3. I had put Unity away but got it out again yesterday to try and get it finished!

  4. Ponies are just 💞 precious.
    Can't wait to see the L/E challenge...and the over the porch rail show. Back to hand quilting. Wool & flannel is hard on the fingers.

  5. Today, we say farewell and see you later to a talented Brother-by -Love. Gone way too soon, leaving his Sweetheart of only 38 years. Stitching was just one of his talents. A Featherweight and his quilts are on display. My stitching has to wait...

  6. "Unity" has been on my bed almost for two years now. I absolutely love it. It was made in various shades of scrappy greens. It took me a while to decide the color scheme, I started in March of 2020 and she was up on the bed in August 2020. So, both my beds have two of my most favorite of your designs "Easy Street" (the 1st mystery quilt I made) and now "Unity". Thank you for sharing your talent with the world of quilters.

  7. I dropped Unity at my long arm quilter Monday. It's been a top for long enough.


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